<em>Funnyman </em>at Circle Theatre

Places! Oct. 20-26, 2016

It's our weekly list of performing arts events opening on local stages. Plus, the rundown of last-chance shows.

published Thursday, October 20, 2016

Welcome to our weekly mega-list of performing arts happenings on TheaterJones! It covers a Thursday-to-Wednesday cycle and rounds up our picks for the best theater, classical music, opera, dance, comedy, spoken word/poetry and performing arts on film that are opening on North Texas stages and in movie theaters. Of all the local print and/or digital publications out there, it's the only weekly list of best bets that covers the range of performing arts—and only performing arts.

This week: Things are funny at two of Fort Worth's professional theaters, Amphibian Stage Productions and Circle Theatre; Cara Mía Theatre and friends lay down the arts activism; a major touring production hits Fort Worth; and Voices of Change offers an evening of Taiwanese music and theater. Plus magic, zombie musicians, organists and Conchords.

This list doesn't have everything happening in this week's cycle, but we've hit the highlights. For more listings, click the red calendar button at the top right of the page, and then you'll see a search function where you can search for events by presenting company, venue, title, description, date range and more options. Keep looking at the calendar over the next few weeks as we'll be entering all the new seasons for the arts organizations, so it will grow again!

Note: Theater productions that have opened in a previous cycle and are in the middle of the run are not in the list below, but you can find them in the listings (see paragraph above). When a show is in its final weekend, we'll mention it in the "Last Chance" section of Places!

Get out and support the arts!



 THU OCT 20  thru  WED OCT 26 


Photo: Renit Lambert
Smart Pretty Funny at Amphibian Stage Productions


 1  Smart Pretty Funny

Amphibian Stage Productions

It's been awhile since Amphibian Stage Productions presented a new play by its co-founder and artistic director Kathleen Culebro, but the wait is over. The play deals with a woman who, unlike every other person on earth, did not get a mysterious letter revealing who their one soul mate is. It stars TV and stage star Gretchen Corbett, and the local cast of Vanessa DeSilvio, Ivan Jasso, Anastasia Muñoz and Van Quattro. Lisa Devine directs. | Oct. 20-Nov. 13

» More info in our listing


Photo: Theater Mitu
Juarez: A Documentary Mythology


 2  Juárez: A Documentary Mythology

Theater Mitu | Latino Cultural Center, Dallas

Cara Mía Theatre Company and Ignite/Arts Dallas bring in New York's Theater Mitu and their production of Juàrez: A Documentary Mythology, which deals with the murders of women in the Mexican border city of Juárez, at the Latino Cultural Center. The show is part of ROOTS weekend, presented by Alternate Roots, which has the goal to bring together artists, activists and cultural organizers. | Oct. 20-23

» More info in our listing

» Read more about ROOTS weekend here


Photo: Tim Long
Funnyman at Circle Theatre


 3  Funnyman

Circle Theatre, Fort Worth

Circle Theatre's season closes with Bruce Graham's play about a fading vaudeville comic.   Krista Scott directs a cast of Randy Pearlman, Jakie Cabe, Eric Dobbins, Jacob Grant, Robert Michael James and Melissa Rosenberg. | Previews 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and 3 p.m. Oct. 22; opens 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 19

» More info in our listing


 4  The Phantom of the Opera

Performing Arts Fort Worth | Bass Performance Hall

Photo: Courtesy
Composer Shih-Hui Chen

The tour of the revamped production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera comes to Bass Performance Hall. | Oct. 20-30

» More info in our listing

» Read Mark Lowry's interview with Cameron Mackintosh in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

 5  Nanguan Concert

Voices of Change | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium

The Voices of Change season with a concert of a music by Taiwanese composer Shih-Hui Chen, who teaches at Rice University. The concert will also feature a traditional Nanguan music and theater group from Taiwan making their debut in the Dallas area. A pre-concert discussion with composers Margaret Barrett and Shih-Hui Chen will be held at 6:30 p.m. | 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24

» More info in our listing


 6  The Light in the Piazza

Brick Road Theatre | Courtyard Theatre, Plano

When Theatre Three did this Adam Guettel musical in 2009, Wendy Welch played Margaret, the role that won a Tony for Victoria Clark. Now, Welch directs the musical for Brick Road Theatre, with Brick Road artistic director Noelle Chesney as Margaret and Janelle Lutz as Clara. With a 15-piece orchestra. | Oct. 21-30

» More info in our listing


 7  The Futurist: Adam Trent

Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

The theatrical magician/illusionist, one of the stars of the Broadway show The Illusionist, brings his show to the Eisemann Center in Richardson. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

» More info in our listing


Illusionist Adam Trent


 8  Ruined

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas

Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, about Congolese women during that country's war, finally gets a DFW production. Directed by Phyllis Cicero. | Oct. 21-30

» More info in our listing


 9  Pipe Dreams Live!

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

It's like a supergroup of organists. Michael Barones is the M.C., and you'll hear performances by four organists on the Meyerson's Lay Family Organ. The organists are James Diaz, Scott Dettra, Jonathan Gregoire and Monica Czausz. | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23

» More info in our listing


Photo: Courtesy
Flight of the Conchords



 10  Flight of the Conchords + Demetri Martin

AXS | Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie

The quirky New Zealand comedy/music duo brings their show to town, with comic Demetri Martin opening. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26

» More info


 11  Night of the Living Dead Composers

Open Classical DFW | Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas

The folks behind Open Classical (the weekly classical music open mike) dress up as dead composers and play their music. Too wacky not to mention. | 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge in Fort Worth

» More info


 12  The Devil's Fiddle

Ensemble75 | Collora Pianos Recital Hall, Dallas

Ensemble75 presents violinist Chloe Trevor and pianist Jonathan Tsay on work by Saint-Saëns, John Williams and Lera Auerbach. | 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

» More info in our listing







Scott White

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Oct. 20-22

» More info


Photo: Eric Younkin
Blithe Spirit at Theatre Arlington

Robert Hawkins and Mike Meehan

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Oct. 20-22

» More info


Dustin Ybarra

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Oct. 20-22

» More info


John Heffron

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Oct. 20-23

» More info


DeRay Davis

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv. | Oct. 20-23

» More info


Think Twice

Rover Dramawerks presents a play by Ayn Rand. | Oct. 20-Nov. 12

» More info in our listing





Blithe Spirit

Theatre Arlington presents the Noel Coward play. | Oct. 21-Nov. 6

» More info in our listing


Classics and Classical Jazz: From Scarlatti to Gershwin

Blue Candlelight Music Series performs in a private house in Dallas. | 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21

» More info in our listing


Photo: Robert Hart/TheaterJones
Jay Armstrong Johnson

A Homecoming Concert with Jay Armstrong Johnson

Johnson, a Fort Worth native who grew up performing with Kids Who Care, and is now a Broadway star, has released his first album, Jay Armstrong Johnson — Live at Feinstein's/54 Below. Johnson performs a concert presented by Kids Who Care at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Scott Theatre. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21

» Read our review of the album in the latest The Music Men column



Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents David Mamet's play about a presidential election. | Oct. 21-Nov. 6

» More info in our listing


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Presented by Richardson Theatre Centre. | Oct. 21-Nov. 6

» More info in our listing


Shrek the Musical

The Music Theatre of Denton presents the musical at the Campus Theatre, Denton. | Oct. 21-28

» More info in our listing


Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

Onstage in Bedford presents Christopher Durang's Chekhov-riffing comedy. | Oct. 21-Nov. 6

» More info in our listing





The Legend of the Bluebonnet

Cara Mía Theatre and Dallas Children's Theater present a staged reading of this play by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce. | 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

» More info in our listing





As You Like It

Shakespeare Dallas begins its fifth and final season of the Complete Works reading series in the forest of Arden, performed in the sixth floor Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre. | 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24

» More info in our listing


Butch Lord Comedy Showcase

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Oct. 23

» More info

Photo: Courtesy
The Hodgetwins


The Four Seasons

The Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth (also known as the Fort Worth Symphony, but they're on strike against the FWSO administration), play Vivaldi's famous work, with violin soloist Michael Shih, at Broadway Baptist Church. | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23

» More info



The Hodgetwins

The bodybuilding twin brothers bring their comedy act at the Arlington Improv. | Oct. 25

» More info




Because Mark Lowry doesn't review a number of shows for either TheaterJones or the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, each week he'll mention something that he has seen (and possibly reviewed) that he highly recommends to you.


Wild, Wicked, Wyrd: Fairytale Time

The Drama Club does it again. Meaning, reinvents classic tales in comical, dark, twisted and surprising ways. Look for a full review coming soon on TheaterJones. | Through Oct. 29

» More info




Each week we'll highlight at least one performance in a city outside of Dallas-Fort Worth that's still reasonably drivable. Because this is Texas, that means five hours or less, one way. So, look for recommendations in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.


The Pearl Fishers

The Bizet opera at Tulsa Opera normally might not fall on the radar for us, but it marks the first season that renowned composer Tobias Picker is the Artistic Director of Tulsa Opera. Look for a review coming on TheaterJones. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23

» More info






Arlington Improv Open Mike

Free comedy open mike on Wednesdays at the Arlington Improv.  | 7 p.m. Wednesdays

» More info


Backdoor Comedy Open Mike

The Backdoor Comedy Club at the Doubletree Hotel in Dallas has weekly open mike stand-up. | 8:30 p.m. Thursdays

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Fort Worth Poetry Slams Open Mike

Host Michael Guinn leads this weekly open mike; participants earn points to see who makes it to Cowtown's award-winning national slam team. You can also just go to watch and listen. | 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 22

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Glitterbomb Denton

A weekly queer variety show that offers the "very best drag, burlesque, queerlesque, sideshow, magic and musical talent Denton has to offer," at Mable Peabody's Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair, Denton | 9:30 p.m. Thursdays

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Mama's Party

Amy Stevenson hosts a musical theater open mike event at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie. | 7:30 p.m. on select Mondays

» More info


Liz Mikel's Entertainer's Showcase

Dallas Theater Center company member Liz Mikel leads a jazz, R&B and show tune open mike every Monday at the Balcony Club, above the Lakewood Theater in East Dallas. | 9:30 p.m. Mondays

» More info


Open Classical

Bring an instrument (including your voice) and participate in this weekly classical music open mic. Events are in various locations in North Texas:

  • 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Buzzbrews Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue, Dallas
  • 8 p.m. first and third Mondays at Turkish Cafe, Plano
  • 8 p.m. second and fourth Mondays at Button's in Fort Worth

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Open Mic Nite at Central

The Dallas Public Library Central Branch presents an open mic for musicians, poets and other performers. At the J. Erik Jonsson Library in downtown Dallas. | 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

» More info






Photo: Lowell Sargeant
Breadcrumbs at WingSpan Theatre Company


Bella: An American Tall Tale

Dallas Theater Center presents the world premiere of Kirsten Childs' musical about an African-American woman traveling by train in the 1800s. At the Wyly Theatre, directed by Robert O'Hara; a co-production with New York's Playwrights Horizons, where it will run in April. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with Kirsten Childs


WingSpan Theatre Company presents Jennifer Haley's play at the Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas. | Closes Saturday

» Our review

» Our story on fairytales portrayed on stage


Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?)

Del Shores' comedy performed by Theatre Coppell. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing



Presented by Lakeside Community Theatre, The Colony. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

The Caryl Churchill play performed by SMU Meadows School of the Arts at the Margo Jones Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


A new movement theater piece by PrismCo, performed at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. | Closes Sunday

» Our Work in Progress feature

» Our review

Red, White and Tuna

Presented by Sherman Community Players. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Seussical the Musical

Presented by Dallas Children's Theater. | Closes Sunday

» Our feature about this production



Presented at Pocket Sandwich Theatre in the late-night series. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing






  1. House Party Theatre presents Macbeth at Encore Park Amphitheater | Oct. 27-31
  2. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents As We Lie Still | Oct. 28-Nov. 20
  3. The Ochre House presents Kevin Grammer's Dreaming Electric | Oct. 29-Nov. 19
  4. Lyric Stage presents Of Thee I Sing in concert at the Irving Arts Center | Nov. 3-6
  5. Uptown Players presents Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | Nov. 4-20
  6. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents Chicago at the Irving Arts Center | Nov. 4-20
  7. Frisco Community Theatre presents The Last Five Years at the Discovery Center Theatre, Frisco | Nov. 4-20
  8. Casa Mañana presents Million Dollar Quartet | Nov. 5-13
  9. Undermain Theatre presents 10 Out of 12 | Nov. 9-Dec. 3
  10. Denton Community Theatre presents The Crucible at the Campus Theatre | Nov. 11-20



  1. Contemporary Ballet Dallas presents its Fall Dance Concert at the Latino Cultural Center | Oct 27.28
  2. TITAS presents Estampas Porteñas Tango at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 28-29
  3. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet performs works inspired by the film Suspiria at the Texas Theatre | Oct. 31
  4. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Director's Choice at the Wyly Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 4-6
  5. The SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble presents its Fall Concert at SMU | Nov. 9-13
  6. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Six at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 11-12
  7. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents its Fall Series at Southern Methodist University, Bob Hope Theatre | Nov. 18-20
  8. Beckles Dancing Company presents Autumn 18 at the South Dallas Cultural Center | Nov. 18-19
  9. Ballet Frontier of Texas presents The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Auditorium | Nov. 18-19



  1. The Cliburn presents Haochen Zhang and the Brentano Quartet at the Kimbell Art Museum | Oct. 27-28 
  2. The Dallas Opera season opens with Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Winspear Opera House | Oct. 28-Nov 3
  3. The Dallas Symphony performs Fantasia Pops at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Oct. 28-30
  4. Chamber Music International performs at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church | Oct. 29
  5. The Cliburn Sessions presents VOCES8 at Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge, Fort Worth | Nov. 1
  6. The Dallas Symphony performs Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Nov. 3-8
  7. Dallas Chamber Music Society presents the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at SMU, Caruth Auditorium | Nov. 7



  1. Craig Shoemaker "The Lovemaster" comes to the Addison Improv. | Oct. 27-29
  2. Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue comes to the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 1
  3. Nick Offerman comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 2
  4. Adam Carolla comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 4
  5. Maria Bamford comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 5
  6. Jeanne Robertson comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Nov. 6
  7. Louis C.K. comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Nov. 10
  8. Leslie Jordan comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 11
  9. Tig Notaro comes to the Texas Theatre | Nov. 26
  10. John Cleese and Eric Idle come to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 1
  11. Jay Leno comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 6
  12. Mike Birbiglia's Thank God for Jokes comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 8
  13. Jim Jefferies comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 9
  14. Brian Regan comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Dec. 31


» For complete listings of what's happening on North Texas stages, click on the calendar icon at the top right of the page. Once there, you can click the red "Search the Calendar" box, and search for listings by dates, performance type, the presenting company, titles or descriptions. For instance, type "Shakespeare" into the description field, click SEARCH and you'll find a host of performances (theater, dance, music, etc.) by, adapted from or about the Bard. Thanks For Reading

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